Lost in Spaceby Aimee Mann
Since her early days in Til Tuesday (remember the new wave hit "Voices Carry"?), Aimee Mann has forged a career rich in contrasts: from her bleached hair and deep-set eyes to her velvety voice and bleak lyrics. No wonder her narcotic power-pop songs so aptly shaped the aching 1999 film Magnolia -- an artistic marriage that called attention to Mann's prodigious, but largely unheralded, talents. Magnolia shared a handful of songs with her quietly incendiary 2000 album, Bachelor No. 2, a self-released disc that, in part, indicted the music industry for its failure to promote substance over fluff. The disengaged relationships continue on Lost in Space, which -- amid a subdued backdrop of Mann's melancholy singing and ensnaring melodic hooks -- finds lonely characters stymied by addictions and failing to connect. Yet singing lines as raw as "All the perfect drugs and superheroes wouldn't be enough to bring me back to zero" ("Humpty Dumpty"), Mann sounds lovelier than ever, approaching the sweetness and light of Karen Carpenter. While the grist of Mann's sound remains rooted in Beatlesque melodies and arrangements with '70s rock-pop touches, such as retro-sounding keyboards and edgy guitar solos (courtesy in no small part of her guitarist and producer, Michael Lockwood), she's ditched a few of Bachelor's influences, like Bacharachian production flourishes, in favor of a bluesy touch on "High on Sunday 51" and a subtle string section on "Lost in Space." But no matter the embellishments, Aimee Mann's voice, songs, and words carry a weighty message that tastes sweet as sugar.
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Performance CreditsAimee Mann Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Tambourine,Vocals,Background Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Egg Shaker,Guitar (12 String Acoustic),Clappers
Michael Penn Drum Loop
Denyse Buffum Viola
Darius Campo Violin,Violin (Bass)
Larry Corbett Cello
Mike Denneen Harpsichord,Electric Piano,Wurlitzer
Joel Derouin Violin
Jason Falkner Bass
Armen Garabedian Violin (Bass)
Berj Garabedian Violin
Buddy Judge Background Vocals
Peter Kent Violin
Joe Meyer French Horn
Carole Mukogawa Viola
Patrick Warren Strings,Horn,chamberlain,Marxophone
John Wittenberg Violin
Michael Lockwood Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Dobro,Autoharp,Celeste,Electric Guitar,Harmonium,Keyboards,Theremin,Zither,12-string Guitar,Slide Guitar,ARP,chamberlain,Loops,Shaker,Omnichord,E-bow,Machines,Marxophone,Mini Moog,Prophet 600,Guitar (Baritone),Clappers,Leslie Pedal
Jay Bellerose Drums
Susan Chatman Violin,Violin (Bass)
Jebin Bruni Piano,Strings,chamberlain,Prophet 5
Darian Sahanaja Background Vocals
Suzie Katayama Conductor
John Sands Drums,Shaker
Natalie Leggett Violin
Rusty Squeezebox Background Vocals
Ryan Freeland Clappers
Mike Randle Background Vocals
Dave Palmer Organ
David R. Stone Bass
Dan Smith Cello
Seth McClain Clappers
Steve Richards Cello
Michele Richards Violin,Violin (Bass)
Mario de León Violin
Technical CreditsAimee Mann Sound Effects,Art Direction,Drum Fills
Chandler Travis Engineer
Mike Denneen Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Michael Hausman Management
Michael Lockwood Sound Effects,Producer,Contributor
Seth Evans Contributor,Art Direction,Illustrations
Jonathan Quarmby Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Gail Marowitz Art Direction
Ryan Freeland Producer,Engineer,Loop,Radio Sound Effects
Britt Myers Pro-Tools
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Oh my gosh, when I heared her song first in the Radio, I just loved it, but I dont know the name. Until now I previewed some album at BN and know that this is the Music that I want. Just Perfect, Sound Emotive & Natually done. Great Album to have!!!
Aimee Mann continues to get better... there is an understated strength at work in the songs here, and a driving energy which keeps you interested. This is a ''must buy'' CD, but don't take my word for it, listen to it online!
Aimee Mann's latest is the second released on her own finger-to-the-recording-industry record label, SuperEgo. Mann has been described by many as one of the greatest songwriters of our time and rightfully so. Her songs are portraits of people and situations that most people run from much less base a career in music on. And Lost In Space is her most candid piece yet. At first listen, the album seems to be her most laid back lacking the crunchy guitars of I'm With Stupid and the Burt Bacharach stylings of Bachelor No. 2. In their place are quiet melodies and arrangements containing a multitude of instruments and sounds (in part to sonic-loving co-producer Michael Lockwood) that lift Mann's pop sensibilities into a new level of character development and make for an incredible listening experience. Songs like ''Real Bad News'' and the lovely ''Invisible Ink'' are bolstered by orchestral arrangements, a device Mann has not experimented much with and is very complimentary to her writing and her voice; however, it's songs like ''Humpty Dumpty'' and ''Pavlov's Bell'' (one of the best denial songs since 10cc's ''I'm Not In Love'') where Mann really shines, as she does most brightly on the title track. Mann sardonically intones, ''So baby beware/I'm just pretending to care/Like I'm not even there'' as a person so cold to the world they have lost even themselves. Aimee Mann is like a mirror put up in front of all the messed-up people in the world. You just don't get any more honest than that.
As she proved on "Bachelor No. 2," Aimee Mann has turned in a rich and rewarding collection of wonderful songs on her latest full-length disc, "Lost in Space." She is a singer who crafts melodies to fit insightful and wonderful tales that always ring true.
Congratulations, Aimee Mann -- you¿ve just released a masterpiece! Truth be told, I have a pre-release copy of LOST IN SPACE I¿ve been listening to since late July. So, I am quite familiar with the songs on the album. I can say without hesitation that this is Aimee Mann¿s best work to date. I will go further and say that LOST IN SPACE is truly a masterpiece that can stand shoulder to shoulder with some of the great recordings of all time. And that¿s not hyperbole from some die-hard Aimee Mann fan. I¿ve always though that Ms. Mann had a lot of potential but never really delivered on a full-length record. Sure, BACHELOR NO. 2 was good. But it was `hit-and-miss¿ good. LOST IN SPACE, however, is perfect. Eleven unbelievably solid tracks (you won¿t think of hitting the *skip* button). Fantastic production value. Amazing performances, particularly by Mann herself. Highlights include `Lost In Space,¿ with its slow, driving rhythm and incredible lead guitar work; `Real Bad News,¿ with its slowed-down guitars and psychedelic middle-8; `Guys Like Me,¿ where Mann puts in an unbelievable vocal performance; and `Humpty Dumpty,¿ probably the most radio-friendly song on the album. I only hope that this CD is as commercially successful as it will be critically. Such an intelligent and brilliant songwriter deserves recognition, fame, and fortune. Get this CD. I doubt you¿ll regret it.
makes ya wanna go in a room alone and paint. (i dont know thats just me)
I have been an admirer of Aimee Mann's music since 2000 when I was introduced to Bachelor no.2. Her new album is one of the best I've heard in a long time only because it brings out disparate feelings in me when I listen to the songs. On a whole, the album is a continuation of the poise and thoughtfullness her previous albums radiated.
I've never actually listened to an Aimee Mann album before, but every single track here is a gem. Don't pass this one up! Really beautiful stuff here. Great pop, great hooks!